Rodina kúpila dom v dezolátnom stave. Neuveríte, ako vyzerá dnes!

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Dom  v štáte Mississippi už niekoľko desaťročí ohlodával zub času. Po tom, ako ho opustili poslední majitelia, nikto nemal záujem o kúpu stavby v taktom zanedbanom stave. Realitným agentom preto tento dom spôsobovala poriadne hlboké vrásky na čele.

Thomasovcov, rodinu hľadajúcu nový domov, však príbeh tohto domu veľmi zaujal. Očarilo ich nie len okolité prostredie, ale aj história tejto stavby, postavenej už v roku 1820. Rozhodli sa, že starú stavbu kúpia a vdýchnu jej nový život. Rekonštrukcia budovy bola veľmi náročná a zdĺhavá, avšak výsledok stojí rozhodne za to. Thomasovcom sa podarilo nie len zachovať pôvodný vzhľad domu, ale aj pri renovácií interiéru sa snažili zachovať pôvodné rozloženie miestností a zariadenia. Dnes je z kedysi zanedbanej stavby domov snov pre šťastnú rodinu. Pre nás ostatných je dôkazom, že aj veci, ktoré iní vnímajú ako zbytočnú príťaž či dokonca odpad, si niekedy zaslúžia druhú šancu.

Predtým…

When high school sweethearts Maria Teresa "Tere" and William "Mac" Thomas, married for 39 years, began searching for a getaway near their hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana, Mac, an oil executive, had a hunting camp in mind. After a broker showed him the 680-acre property with rolling, wooded hills and a three-acre lake, he loved everything ... except the broken-down shell of a house that came with the parcel. "It was nothing that a match couldn't cure," jokes Mac. And so began what Tere calls Mac's "gift of love," a three-year gut renovation. "If we were going to do it, we wanted to do it right," says Mac. That meant hiring a crew and crane to lift the 2,770-square-foot house onto supports, where it sat for more than a year during repairs to its foundation and the installation of new insulation, plumbing, and electricity.

Potom…

The Thomases knew that their 1820s home was about to be brought back to life. The couple already had big plans to transform Laurietta, as the Fayette, Mississippi, plantation is known, from a dilapidated buzzard's nest into a roost where their extended family—four grown children, plus their spouses and eight kids—could come together for weekends and holidays. In this photo: The couple rebuilt both chimneys and added a hand-crimped aluminum roof. Plus: Our ultimate guide to kitchen design »

Predtým…

Each wallboard was removed and numbered, then put back in place after the electrical updates. Scraping away decades of paint revealed original artistic details, including marbleized baseboards and faux bird's-eye maple panels, which a restoration painter was able to revive. Plus: 19 bold bedroom before-and-afters »

Potom…

A trip to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History turned up a journal kept by the daughter of the man who built Laurietta—it detailed not only daily life on the property, but also descriptions of the interiors. Inspired, Tere and her daughter, Erin, an interior designer, re-created the home's original white and wood palette, and the salvageable heart pine floors received only light sanding, so as not to erase history. "There are still scars and burn marks around the fireplaces, but I didn't want to replace all the floors," says Tere. "Those imperfections are part of the story. Besides, Laurietta's not a grand house." In this photo: Pottery Barn pillows adorn slipcovered armchairs by Lee Industries. Tere bought the set of framed prints at a flea market for only $94; she's collected the ironstone for years.

Predtým…

Though the rotted floor in the hall had to be replaced with reclaimed heart pine, the Thomases were able to restore the staircase using all of its original components.

Potom…

The couple found the spindles, newel post, and banister of their new staircase in the offices of a local preservation organization. Tere decorated the hall with a high-low mix: A custom tiger-maple table pairs with bargains like a terrarium from T.J. Maxx and artwork scored on eBay.

Predtým…

The Thomases converted the second story into sleeping quarters for their grandchildren, adding a bathroom to the larger of the two rooms.

Potom…

In the girls' room, linens by Simply Shabby Chic for Target dress trundle beds by Young America; Tere also found the lamp at Target.

Sklené fľaše, ktoré sa našli v dome, majú svoje čestné miesto v obývačke

Old bottles unearthed on the property are displayed in the living room. Plus: 38 ways to make something new out of something old »

Kuchyňa

Curious about the history of the home—listed on the National Register of Historic Places—Tere visited the Historic Natchez Foundation, a preservation organization located 25 miles away. Expecting to find records and renderings, at best, she was stunned to discover Laurietta's original fanlights, banister, a porch column, and a mantel in the nonprofit's basement. She also learned that a second mantel had been adorning a fireplace in a nearby house; its owners returned the piece upon hearing of the restoration. In this photo:  Buck—one of the family's five dogs—sits in front of custom kitchen cabinets painted Benjamin Moore's Gentle Cream. The Thomases repurposed cypress wood from another part of the house for the island. The stove is by Wolf; the rugs from Lowe's.

Celá veľká rodina Thomasovcov po hromade

Mac and Tere Thomas join their family on the front porch. Top row, from left: daughters-in-law Summer and Nicole, Mac (holding granddaughter Khloe), Tere, son Barrett, son-in-law Eric Haik, and son William. Bottom row, from left: grandchildren Katelyn, Londyn, Anna-Claire, Maria, and William IV; daughter Erin Haik; grandsons Bennett and Thomas; and son Grant.

zdroj: countryliving

 

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